York Musical Society (YMS) is a large and friendly choral society that rehearses in central York and performs popular and less-known works from the classical choral repertoire.

We perform three or four concerts a year, usually in the glorious venue of York Minster – memorable for performers and audience alike. We also give smaller, more informal concerts at Christmas.

The choir rehearses on Monday evenings at St Peter’s School (8-13), Bootham, York. We always welcome new members and Friends of YMS

YMS is twinned with a similar-sized choir in Germany, the Philharmonischer Chor Münster. It’s always a great pleasure to invite our friends from Münster to join us in a concert, or to travel to sing with them.

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OUR Next Concert:

Saturday 23rd March 2024, 7.30pm York Barbican

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem

Brahms' beautiful Requiem, sung in German as originally written, supported by a full Orchestra.


YMS Community Events

We believe in encouraging more people to enjoy singing. We organise an annual choral workshop, to which all singers are welcome.

We also take part in the Festival of Ideas run by the University of York, usually by holding an open rehearsal.


Musical Director

Our musical director is David Pipe who, besides running YMS and working in the Diocese of Leeds, is increasingly in demand as a conductor, workshop leader, and adjudicator. Read his biography on our 'About Us' page.

We look forward to seeing you at our concerts, annual workshop, and other events.    


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